“No,” says David, “I will worship thee, and I will praise thee, whoever may oppose me.”. For as they are rejoiced to discern a good frame of spirit in you, to see you keep that order God hath set in the church and state, to walk as Christians to the honour of God; so they are grieved to see the contrary, and you must answer for your sins against these great officers in the great family of heaven and earth. He looks forward with comfort, in hopes, 1. It is upon these two points that the name of Jehovah is at this time assailed— his grace and his truth. The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon is a Bible commentary on the book of Psalms chapters. Our soul shall become Christly. 2. When God strengthens, none can weaken. 8. For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 2. Ver. —to a mere inarticulate wail of grief? His truth. His wrath soon quenches their wrath; his hand stays their hand. Before the gods will I sing praises, &c. — Before kings and princes, or, before judges and great men, either those of other nations who visited him, or those of his own nation that attended on him. And praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth. Adversaries may be many, and malicious, and mighty; but our glorious Defender has only to stretch out his arm and their armies vanish. "Psalm 138 celebrates the name, the steadfast love, the faithfulness, and the intimate care of God in the myriad places in which we find ourselves in life -- our sanctuaries of safety; our chaotic social, political, and economic world; our daily trials and troubles." Ver. The LXX., Vulgate, Ethiopic, and Arabic translate angels. Forsake not the works of thine own hands. b) They do not go out of them to find pleasure. Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Praise would be the main part of David's worship; the name or character of God the great object of his song; and the special point of his praise the grace and truth which shone so conspicuously in that name. in the day. 1. Speedy answers should have special praise: "In the when I cried, thou", etc. 5. Ver. —J.W. He will be saved, —saved dexterously, decidedly, divinely; he has no doubt about it. And yet he has "magnified" something "above his name" —his word — his truth. 2. Are they not his readiest means of exciting to fulness of energy the holy life which dwells within us? Bitterness is forbidden, and controversy is apt to advertise the heresy; the very best method is to go on personally worshipping the Lord with unvarying zeal, singing with heart and voice his royal praises. I. 2. If ever our heart is whole and wholly occupied with one thing, it should be when we are praising the Lord. The Hallelujah Legion will win the day. Concerning this there is abundant room for praise. —Thomas Chalmers. Ver. "The Philistines are in the land." 4. The Lord had ordained a centre of unity, a place of sacrifice, a house of his indwelling; and David accepted the way of worship enjoined by revelation. It is one gracious way of answering our prayers when God doth bestow upon us spiritual strength in our souls; if he do not give the things we desire, yet if he gives us strength in our souls, he graciously answers our prayers. The statement of this sentence is one which all believers can make, and as they can substantiate it with many facts, they ought boldly to publish it, for it is greatly to God's glory. Ver. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me. 3. He has so magnified his faithfulness, that his love, his mercy, his grace, would all sooner fail than his faithfulness—the word of his mouth and what he has revealed in the Scripture. Let us the more constantly proclaim it. This also is our defence against modern heresies: we cannot forsake the Lord, for he has heard our prayers. Hebrews 1:2-3. b) It would evince his strong faith in the true. The Vulgate hath, in conspectu angelorum, "before the angels"; their presence should awe men and women, and keep them from all dishonesty, evil words, acts, gestures, secret grudging, all discontents and distempers. Our graces shall grow. This is a psalm of transi So looking to Jesus, he is our temple. They shall sing to the Lord of the way. God's right hand cannot forget its cunning; Jerusalem is his chief joy, and he will defend his own elect. Psalms 138:6. —John Livingstone, 1603-1672. The psalms attribute a total of 73 psalms to David (3-9; 11-41, 51-65, 68-70; 86; 101; 103; 108-110; 122; 124; 131; 133; 138-145). b) That he will not leave his own work in me undone. Ver. He felt that he had had such good things to say concerning God, such blessed words of God to make known, that even the kings of the earth, when they began to listen to him, would become attentive, and would even become converts, and begin to praise Jehovah with him. Read Psalm 138:8 commentary using The Treasury of David. Delivered from, sustained in, sanctified through, trouble. The holy temple was a type and figure of the Lord Jesus Christ. "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." —Philip Bennett Power, in "The I Wills' of the Psalms", 1861. 8. In short our immediate concern is with, not what apostles conceive inwardly, but what they bring forth outwardly—not with the schemes or the systems which they have been made to apprehend, but with the books which they have written; and had the whole force and effect of this observation been sufficiently pondered, we feel persuaded that the advocates of a mitigated inspiration would not have dissevered, as they have done, the inspiration of sentiment from the inspiration of language. But David declares that God had heard him in the day of his trouble, and strengthened him with strength in his soul. 6. So great are God's promises, and so faithful and complete is his performance of them, as even to surpass the expectations which the greatness of his name has excited. This is the fact which would revive fainting David. Would you have soul strength for the work you have in view? 2. d) It would shield him from evil from those about him. Psalms 138:6. Unto his hands let us commend our spirits, sure that even though the works of our hands have made void the works of his hands, yet his hands will again make perfect all that our hands have unmade. This Psalm is wisely placed. Ver. 2. Forsake not the works of thine own hands. Thou shalt strike them with thy left hand, and save me with thy right; so Tremellius senses it. He was not pleased that such gods were set up; but he intended to express at once his contempt of them, and his own absorption in the worship of the living Jehovah by continuing most earnestly to sing wherever he might be. It is not with the truth merely excogitated, but with the truth expressed, that we have any concern; not with the truth as seen by our inspired teacher, but with the truth as by him spoken to us. The Lord's dealing with the humble and the proud. All men love their own works, many dote upon them: shall we think God will forsake his? The flask to the lips: "thou wilt revive me." As a fountain, from whence all his blessings emanate. Those Psalms were the united utterances of national devotion. I will praise thee. None find such quick despatch at the throne of grace as suffering saints. There are very many points in relation to God, of the highest interest to mankind, on which the disclosures of science shed no light; there are many things which it is desirable for man to know, which cannot be learned in the schools of philosophy; there are consolations which man needs in a world of trouble which cannot be found in nature; there is especially a knowledge of the method by which sin may be pardoned, and the soul saved, which, can never be disclosed by the blowpipe, the telescope, or the microscope. One who was a scoffer met a humble child of God one morning, and he said to him, “Tell me, is your God a great God or a little God,” and the poor man said, “Sir, he is both, for, though he is so great that the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, yet he makes himself so little that he condescends to dwell in my poor heart.” Ah, it was sweetly said. When thy gospel is preached, and they know it, they shall count it their honour to honour thee. Ver. 8. "All the kings of the earth" shall yet praise the Lord, and shall hasten with their numerous subjects to hail the triumphs of his grace. He will see to it that none of their precious things shall fail of completion; their life, their strength, their hopes, their graces, their pilgrimage, shall each and all be perfected. Our foes fall when the Lord comes to deal with them; he makes short work of the enemies of his people, —with one hand he routs them. Ver. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 138 EXEGESIS: SUPERSCRIPTION. God's work is perfect, man's is clumsy and incomplete. He went to his work of testimony with fall assurance of success: he meant to speak only the words of Jehovah's mouth, and he felt sure that the kings would hear and praise Jehovah. Beyond all question there are higher and clearer manifestations of himself, of his being, of his perfection, of his purposes in the volume of revelation, than any which his works have disclosed or can disclose. "Forsake not. 3. 2. The proud he knoweth afar off. —it will be a sheer effort. Ver. 7. (first and last clauses). Answers to prayer. There, as it is well expressed, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other": Psalms 85:10. Ver. He is not only "high" above men, but above angels: cherubims and seraphims are his ministering spirits. —Joseph Caryl. The common version of this clause ("strengthenedst me with strength in my soul") contains a paronomasia not in the original, where the verb and noun have not even a letter in common. Psalms 138:5. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. For this worship and praise are for ever due! Therefore we find Daniel opening his windows toward the temple, where he prayed three times a day; and we find Jonah saying, "Yet will I look again toward thy holy temple." Because Christ "The Word" is the embodiment and most glorious manifestation of God. Commentary, Psalm 138:1-8, Nancy deClaissé-Walford , Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2014. when they all in happy union lift up their songs unto the Lord. Why carry so far? —Christoph Starke. 3. May the Lord hasten it in his own time, and the choral hosts of heaven be swelled by the presence of the crowned monarchs of earth! Thou hast bestowed the promise of perpetuity to my house and to my kingdom, which rises in grandeur and goodness above all thy past manifestations of thyself in behalf of thy people (2Sa 7:10 12-13 15-16 7:21-22 2Sa 24-26 29; 2 Samuel 7:21 especially, "For thy Word's sake ...hast thou done all these great things"; 2 Samuel 7:26, "And let thy name be magnified for ever" —an undesigned coincidence of language between the history and the Psalm). David, under a sense of Jehovah's glory, exclaimed, "I will sing" (Psalms 138:1), and here he represents the kings as doing the same thing. Of this great mystery we find not a trace in the whole creation besides; but in the word it is reflected, as in a mirror (2 Corinthians 3:18); and it shines so brightly, that the very angels around the throne are made wiser by the revelation of it to the Church: Ephesians 3:10. The Psalm is evidently of a Davidic character, exhibiting all the fidelity, courage, and decision of that King of Israel and Prince of Psalmists. Thou strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. i. Ver. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. ", 3. A pure influx into the mind of an apostle is no sufficient guarantee for the instruction of the world, unless there be a pure afflux also; for not the doctrine that has flowed in, but the doctrine that has flowed out, is truly all that we have to do with. Oh, sirs, study to entertain high and admiring thoughts and apprehensions of the glorious majesty of God; for "honour and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary." What though thou hast once complained like Israel of thy captivity in Babylon, Psalms 137:1, yet now sing once more a song of joy to the Lord. Not necessarily that which gives me concern. 3. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. And may we not do so in the day of peace? Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Were our hearts as they ought to be when we read the Word, we would tremble at that more than at any manifestation of God since the world began in all his works; and if so be thou dost not see more of the glory of God in his Word than in his works, it is because thou hast little light in thee. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: —. So, in that case, not only the Incarnate Word in the person of Jesus; but also the written word in the Scriptures of truth. It does not appear, nor is it material to enquire, upon what occasion David penned this psalm; but in it, I. The idol gods had their temples; but David averts his glance from them, and looks earnestly to the spot chosen of the Lord for his own sanctuary. 1615: "Singing in the Ways of the Lord." His creating hands formed our souls at the beginning; his nail pierced hands redeemed them on Calvary; his glorified hands will hold our souls fast and not let them go for ever. Psalms 138:8. Though a walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive. —Ebenezer Erskine, 1680-1754. He was a king, yet he expected trouble; and do you complain when it comes to your cottage, after it had been to David’s palace? In the day when I cried thou answerest me. 1615: "Singing in the Ways of the Lord.". Truth by Moses. Revelation excels creation in the clearness, definiteness, and fulness of its teaching. "Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible". 2. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 138:8 and more! It may be when there are some extraordinary works of God in the world, thunder and lightning, etc., we are ready to be afraid, and oh! Ver. See "Spurgeon's Sermons", Nos. By his word and Spirit the Lord can make the trembler brave, the sick whole, the weary bright. God’s rescues demand our grateful songs: his deliverances our new anthems of exultant praise. Ver. When we are under such afflictions as threaten to ruin us, 'tis seasonable to tell the Lord he made us. There is nothing which God expects us to do for him, which is not there most explicitly declared: nothing which he engages to do for us, that does not form the subject of a distinct promise. Proud men boast loudly of their culture and "the freedom of thought", and even dare to criticize their Maker: but he knows them from afar, and will keep them at arm's length in this life, and shut them up in hell in the next. b) Of their way to God. 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